South Sudan comes third in Miss Earth beauty contest
By Kidega Livingstone
South Sudan has taken third place in the recent Miss Earth beauty contest held in Philippines Capital Manilla. Asara Bullen Panchol who represented South Sudan in the competition has since returned to the country.
Bullen took the position in the intelligence and character category. Motivated by the incredible achievement, Bullen is set to undertake a tree planting project as a peace-promoting initiative.
“What is going to happen after my coming back in the country is that between 21st and 25th of this month I will be launching a project called ‘Trees for Peace’.
“I wish I could plant one million trees but they are not available but what I have are only one hundred trees. The project is being sponsored by Food and Agriculture Organization,” Asara told Juba Monitor in an exclusive interview yesterday.
“I’ve invited the general public to come and plant these trees in five locations, including three schools which we are strategically trying to look at. We shall also plant some of them at Juba military hospital and the ministry of environment,” she added.
She appealed to nongovernmental organizations and the government to avail seedlings for those who want to take part in the project, especially within Juba to participate.
“I heard every youth who is concerned about environment telling me that they have energy and would want to plant trees but they have scarcity of trees,“ said Bullen.
Bullen who has been in Manila from 29th September to 30th October going through described the event as one that brought like-minded individuals from around the world to participate in the event.
“Every nation sent at least a representative. This year I was privileged enough to represent South Sudan, it was really perfect on my side as South Sudanese because I became number three in the whole World in the area of intelligence and good character as an individual,” said Bullen whose country ranked only after India and Spain that came first and second respectively.